Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, actor, and retired wrestler from America. Recently, he fought at the Bellator MMA event and is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He’s also won the Pride Middleweight Championship.
A free agent after 2019
Jackson became a free agent at the end of 2019 after he lost a fight to Fedor Emelianenko on 29 December 2019, which took place in Japan and was co-run by Bellator and Rizin.
Return to the UFC
Although Jackson did leave the UFC for a brief spell back in 2014, he returned later that year on 20 December. The announcement of his return was made at the UFC Fight Night when Machida had fought against Dollaway. Jackson has signed his new contract and was set to step back in the cage at the UFC.
The president of Bellator, Scott Choker, claimed that Jackson was still tied to the previous contract he made with Bellator and the company was to take legal action against him. Jackson denied this claim, stating that his contract was granted by Bellator, and that was the very reason why he made his return to the UFC stage.
Jackson’s next fight to take place against Fabio Maldonado in the UFC 186 event, set to take place on 25 April 2015. Jackson, however, was removed from the fight after legal action was taken by Bellator and the involvement of the New Jersey Superior Court placed an injunction to stop him from fighting in the UFC.
This was after accusations were made that he had broken a deal that he had signed back in June 2013. A judge of the Superior Court of the New Jersey Appellate Division gave Jackson the benefit of the doubt and granted him the chance to still fight in YFC events.
Return to Bellator
After he had one fight for Zuffa, Jackson and Bellator MMA made amends, and it was announced on 16 February 2016 that Jackson would again be fighting under the Bellator promotion. Jackson added the help of Edwina Cheer, a professional sports nutritionist, by asking her to join the team. This made sure that his nutrition would be on point in preparation for any upcoming fights.
Professional Wrestling Career
On 6 June 2013, Jackson had his first-ever wrestling match in an episode of Impact Wrestling for Total Nonstop Action (TNA) wrestling, where he clashed with Kurt Angle. Afterward, Jackson came to Angle’s rescue from an attack against Aces and Eights from the TNA promotion.
Jackson came back to wrestle once more on 11 July that year on Impact Wrestling. There, he became the fifth person of the New Main Event Mafia alongside a list of other famous wrestlers, such as Sting, Angle, Samoa Joe, and Magnus.
Exactly one week later, on a Destination X episode for Impact Wrestling, the Main Event Mafia reached their goal of achieving the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Bully Ray and Aces and Eights. This was following their match interfering in the match-up between Bully Ray and Chris Sabin.
Angle took a break in August when Jackson decided to try and get Tito Ortiz to take his place as a sub for the Bellator 106 fight. Ortiz attacked Jackson later with a hammer, resulting in Bully Ray retrieving the World Heavyweight Championship, moving on to join the Aces and Eights promotion.
Jackson took part in a five against five tag team match on the 22 August episode of Impact Wrestling. Jackson, Sting, Magnus, and Joe, known as “the Main Event Mafia,” beat the Aces and Eights team along with A.J. Styles. The win was brought about as Styles beat Devon with a hold, and that was what led to Devon’s elimination from TNA wrestling.
Bellator MMA made a statement at the No Surrender event on 12 September that Jackson had been removed from TNA showing since he had his bout with Ortiz on the cards soon. Therefore, he wasn’t allowed to take part in the Main Event Mafia at that time.
Later, Jackson attended an interview with The Fight Nerd. Jackson announced that he was finished with TNA after witnessing how they handles and managed shows. After he withdrew from the promotion, they relegated his profile to alumni standing as a result of this.